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October 11, 2010

Book Review: It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech
It Started with a Dare
Author: Lindsay Faith Rech
Release Date: September 13th 2010
Publisher: Graphia
Age: Young Adult
Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status.
While this rebel image helps secure CG’s newfound popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos, with each new lie and every dare opening doors that, in most cases, were better off left shut.
CG is on a collision course with disaster. Will she be able to keep up the fa├žade? Or will the whole world find out she’s a fraud?
CG is going to a new school, where people doesn't know her. It's her opportunity to be different, to be popular. So she decides to reinvent herself, and if that means lying, well, she'll do it.

CG is very smart. I couldn't have said all those lies and remembered them. But she manages to get everyone's attention, even from the popular girls. It seemed like it was easy for her to fool everyone, and that made it more difficult to stop. She's also very funny, and even if I wouldn't have made some of her choices, I still like her because she thinks all this weird stuff and I couldn't help but laugh.

Also, I liked that the author manages to give each character a personality. They are very human, make mistakes and feel insecure. With such a strong protagonist, it must have been difficult to give the other characters their space in this story.

I enjoyed the book, but for some reason it took me a few days to read it. I was busy, and at the same time, I knew where CG was going and didn't like it. For being so smart, she took some really bad choices...but I couldn't blame her, because she's young and just want to be accepted. In the end, CG evolves and learn for her mistakes. It was obvious that sooner of later she was going to fall, but I wanted to know how it would be and if she was going to make it.

Overall, It Started with a Dare is a light book that will make you laugh, and in the process, it will remind you that to make real friends, you have to be just who you are.


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